Why Lasagna Is the Worst Dish to Bring to a Potluck
We love a bubbling casserole of pasta and cheese as much as you do, but there's a case to be made for shaking things up at your next party. Here are five amazing alternative ideas.
By Lynn Andriani
Photos: Jennifer May
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A Self-Serve Favorite They Expect, with an Unexpected Twist
Small meatballs bobbing in what Thielen calls "vaguely Asian sauces" were a big part of social events when she was growing up; they're great because you can keep them warm in a crock pot and guests can help themselves with toothpicks. This delicious take hews fairly close to the original; the meatballs are made with pork and the sauce is tomato-based—but Thielen deepens the flavor with two surprising ingredients: fresh lime juice and a bit of fish sauce (which doesn't taste like fish, but rather lends a salty complexity).